Youth Intervention Fund

Status Open
Applications accepted from Social Enterprises? Yes
Maximum grant available £20,000
Grant opens 10 May, 2021
Deadlines Closes 5 July 2021
Delivery to start 13 September 2021

Brief Description

Grants available for organisations delivering services to support young people.


How this fund has been created

This fund has been jointly created with Suffolk County Council, the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC), philanthropic giving and Suffolk Community Foundation. By working in partnership this fund will support the needs of young people in Suffolk.

Funding amounts and term of funding

Grants of between £2,500 and £20,000 are available to support the work of voluntary and community groups, charities, Social Enterprises and Community Interest Companies.

Conditions of grant funding

These grants are to support young people (defined as being up to the age of 25 years).

This is a countywide programme.

Making an application

Priority will be given to those:-

    • that have discussed and developed/adapted their services with young people to meet their current needs. (co-created)
    • organisations that have existing relationships/partnerships with local schools that can be developed to enhance the support to young people, connecting young people with school and the youth provision.
    • who are broadening their reach, into rural areas (see wards of interest –

 Grants are available for those organisations that are delivering services to support young people: –

    • to achieve their potential
    • to improve their skills base, especially when employment opportunities are being maximised,
    • by offering mentoring, support and signposting to increase life chances,
    • providing preventative services that educate young people i.e. around drugs, exploitation and alcohol,
    • to improve their mental well-being, improve self-confidence and self-esteem,
    • to reduce likelihood of involvement in, and impacts from, crime and anti-social behaviour.
    • with providing safe supported spaces to meet and be supported.

 In addition, the fund is looking for applications from organisations that are:

    • Working in partnership/collaboration.
    • Working in a specific location as part of a partnership that address the core support services.
    • Working with those who are seldom heard.
    • Filling gaps in services.
    • Working with young people who are excluded from “mainstream” school settings.
    • Working in areas of the county that experience above average levels of deprivation.

Additionality and training

Free training will be offered to Level 2 youth worker status via Community Action Suffolk, so that services can be expanded.

Free training for volunteers who want to understand the “Principles of Youth Work”.

Mental Health 1st Aid for young people (via commissioned services)

Outcomes and monitoring

All funding supported must show three clear measurable outcomes which will have to be reported on at the end of the grant funding.

If you are unsure how to describe what the outcomes of your project or intervention will be, as a general rule, think of the phrase ‘as a result of …’ and describe what will be qualitatively or quantitively different as a direct result of your inputs.

A full end-of-grant monitoring report will be expected at the end of the intervention. This will need to include benchmarking of the beneficiaries at the beginning and end of the service, i.e. how were they referred to the service, what difference has been made etc.

Wherever possible, visits to funded organisations will take place and, therefore, please ensure, if successful, that you keep Suffolk Community Foundation up to date with opportunities, with as much notice as possible.

What next?

If you feel that your proposal addresses the criteria of the fund, please complete a grant application form.  If you need further help, please contact the Grants Team on 01473 602602 or by email on

What we will not fund?

Please see our general exclusions here.

Supportive information:

Interested fund applicants may wish to develop their proposals utilising the following information, evidence and data:

Hidden Needs 3 – analysis of deprivation across Suffolk

2019 Index of Multiple Deprivation (including deprivation affecting children)


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